Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy, well respected for its’ Street Angel and Community Angel projects, is delighted to announce that HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, has become a Patron for the charity. He will serve alongside Lady Toulson, who was appointed the first Patron of the charity in 2018.
Michael More-Molyneux is Patron and President of a number of local and national charities and a longstanding supporter of the Chaplaincy, with fond personal memories of the chilly night spent with Guildford Street Angels, experiencing the tireless of work of these volunteers. He has been a regular attender of the Charity’s Annual Commissioning Service at which the contribution of the volunteers is celebrated. At the most recent service held at Christ Church Guildford, a record breaking 30 new volunteer Angels were commissioned for duties having completed their training.
Chris Britton, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said “We are absolutely thrilled, honoured and hugely grateful that our friend, HM Lord-Lieutenant for Surrey, has formally joined our GTCC family. It is a real endorsement of the work of our 130 volunteers who work so hard to spread compassion and care to the vulnerable in our town. Michael More-Molyneux has been a generous and loyal supporter of the work of the Chaplaincy for many years, we will be delighted to be able to count on his expertise and support as Patron as we look to develop our work in the post-coronavirus new normal environment”
Michael More Molyneux said, “I have seen first-hand the impact of the work of the Chaplaincy’s Angelic volunteers’ so it is an honour to give my backing to their activities, joining Lady Elizabeth Toulson DL, as Patron. I’m passionate about seeking new and sustainable ways to care for the vulnerable in our community and very much look forward to working closely with this excellent charity to explore ways I can help, to ensure that their highly valued and respected services continue to thrive now and in the future”.
Revd Noelle Coe, Town Chaplain said, “Securing Mr More-Molyneux’s support as Patron couldn’t come at a better time for our Charity. Building on lessons learnt and success of our Street Angels we are now celebrating the extension of our newer Community Angels project in response to huge demand generated by the pandemic. Like other charities, our income has been reduced this year and so it is a real encouragement to have his personal support at this challenging time as we continue to work hard to serve the vulnerable in our locality”